Daisy Ridley on how she avoided the fiercest Star Wars criticism after filming the latest trilogy

Daisy Ridley says she stayed off social media while filming her Star Wars, but ignoring the online backlash didn’t save her from strangers.

Fandom is a gift and a curse. It can elevate incredible art to another level. However, fandom can also act as a weapon against the people who work around the clock to create entertainment that is meant to stand the test of time. Franchise as Star wars, Harry Potter, DC and Marvel host some of the most rabid fans across the entertainment spectrum. What happens when these fans get access to the stars behind the properties they claim to love? Most of the time they engage in praise and pleasantry and move on – other times they bombard an unsuspecting party with criticism, making for an unwelcome and hostile experience. Daisy Ridleywho played Ray in recent times Star wars trilogy, don’t make a habit of reading about negativity towards her role in the galaxy far, far away. But harsh words pierce the veil every now and then, confusing and contaminating an otherwise life-changing experience.

Talking to Rolling stones about Star wars Ridley explained how her hiatus from social media during the trilogy’s release helped keep her sanity and ambitions intact. Unfortunately, ignoring Twitter and Facebook didn’t help when strangers approached her on the street.

“The funny thing is, because I don’t read stuff and haven’t been on social media for a while, when I referred to how people can have big opinions about it, [I meant that] random people on the street would be so open with their opinions and I’d be like, I’m good. I don’t need to hear that. Cool. Great,” Ridley explained about confronting meaningful strangers in nature. Still, Ridley believes much of the criticism she has received was driven by sexism. “It was probably sexier than I realized.”

While staying offline kept her in the dark about many things, Ridley doesn’t regret ignoring the online haters and letting their venom fall by the wayside. “Yeah. Luckily I didn’t read anything. I think there’s so much vitriol out there that I didn’t need to read it.” Ridley chose to ignore the negativity towards her performance while making the trilogy, although she is aware of the ugly Star wars fans can be.

“I felt for Moses Ingram recently and felt that in comparison it was so much worse for other people.” Ridley said of Ingram being inundated with racist comments about her Star wars casting. “I don’t think it’s just fandom. Everyone feels like they need to say everything they feel, and I don’t know that everyone does.” Amen, Ms. Ridley!

What do you think of Ridley’s handling of Star wars backlash? Was it wise to ignore the echo chamber of negativity? Is that criticism important to consider when shaping the character through several films? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.

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